Karma County front man and hands on producer behind albums like Jimmy Little's instant classic Messenger, author of international best seller The Open Tuning Chord Book For Guitar, film composer, songwriter, veteran performer and sometime session guitarist for people like David Bowie and more.

Find out more about Brendan in his bio, check out dates to see him play live or go to shop to get some music... djoldbrendo soft rockin' in the free world.
SINGSONG: Limited Edition Signed CD
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SINGSONG was recorded live in Mark Jago’s old timber cottage on Sydney’s northern beaches over three days in July 2018. Karma County songs, a couple from various solo albums, and some favourite covers. No overdubs, just voice and acoustic guitar. There are only 50 Limited Edition CDs available, individually numbered and signed. Get your copy here $25 includes postage and handling.

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Short & Sweet: CD
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10 songs, 32 minutes, Short and Sweet! Recorded with The Magnolia Orchestra - Aldo Betto (guitar), Giacomo Da Ros (bass) & Youssef Ait Bouazza (drums) - at Yellow Fridge Road in the Tuscan seaside village of Porto Santo Stefano in April 2017.

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So, this is my 50th year as a guitar player. That was quick. After a tricky start, where it was pulled offline for 3 weeks, my new album Restless Creature is now back up on your favourite streaming platform - Spotify, AppleMusic, YouTube etc. Or if you like old skool, I have a few copies on CD left for sale here.  

I've also put pen to paper and track by track talked about the songs I recorded, mostly covers, and where/when/how/why, and who with, that they were made.

And when some element of normality returns to our lives (hopefully spring downunder) I'll be embarking on an Australian tour of house concerts. If you'd like to host one get in touch here.

So that's the first 50 years, what about the next? Well, maybe a slower pace but am almost finished mixing the Dead Marines new album - 15 new songs by myself, Bernie Hayes & Bow Campbell. It's only 15 years since the last one. Good things take time.

See youse all on the mean streets (one day soon, fingers crossed)... Brendo June 2020


My favourite time of year in Sydney. Much to do. Have started work on 2 new albums.

Dead Marines are getting ready to track their second album, it's only been 15 years since debut New Day. 14 new songs aided and abetted by Lachy Dengate on drums and Pete O'Doherty (Mental As Anything, Dog Trumpet) on bass.

I started playing the guitar the week Jimmy Hendrix died so 2020 marks 50 years as a guitarist. So I'm making an album of my favourite songs, mostly covers, with my favourite people - Jonathan Zwartz, Stu Hunter, Reg Mombassa and others. Songs by Leon Russell, Scot Walker, Fab 4, Junior Parker...

Have a few shows coming up too with THE PINKS, Dead Marines and more, check out dates page. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo 


A new year, warm in Sydney, much to do. I'll be in Italy 16 January to play some shows with The Magnolia Orchestra - Aldo Betto guitar, Giacomo Da Ros bass & Youssef Ait Bouazza drums. To my Italian friends, a presto!

Then late February I'll be doing a short run of solo shows in Sydney, Brisbane & northern NSW. Check out the dates page for a gig near you. There is talk of some Buried Country shows this year as well, and possibly some LJ Hill gigs too. Stay tuned.

Have been working on new Dead Marines album with Bernie Hayes & Bow Campbell, some really great songs coming along, a real joy. It's only been 15 years since the the last one. And next year marks 50 years that I've been playing the guitar, have a special recording project in mind...

See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo


Back in Sydney after a coupla months travelling OS. Had a great time playing some shows in Italy with The Magnolia Orchestra - Aldo Betto, Giacomo Da Ros & Youssef Ait Bouazza. The songs we recorded on Short & Sweet album went down a treat live. Those guys can really play!

Hope to be recording a new Dead Marines album with Bernie Hayes & Bow Campbell in the latter half of 2018. It's only been 15 years since we started work on the last one. 

Will be out playing gigs in various ensembles in the next few months - Sandy Shores, Dead Marines, THE PINKS, Buried Country, solo etc - so check out the dates page for a gig near you. A big shout out to Melbourne where I haven't played a solo gig in a long time - 23 August at Spotted Mallard. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo


I'm playing a handful of solo shows to celebrate the release of new album Short & Sweet, recorded with The Magnolia Orchestra in Italy last year.

1st March Bent On Food, Wingham NSW TIX https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=354059&

2nd March Tintenbar Up Front, Tintenbar NSW TIX https://www.tintenbarupfront.com/friday-march-2-2018-brendan-gallagher.html

3rd March #5 Church St, Bellingen NSW TIX https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=349671&

Then I'll be playing some shows in Italy mid April with The Magnolia Orchestra. A presto Italia! Brendo

Short & Sweet 

New album Short & Sweet will be out first week of February. Recorded with The Magnolia Orchestra - Aldo Betto (guitar), Giacomo Da Ros (bass) & Youssef Ait Bouazza (drums) - at Yellow Fridge Road in the Tuscan seaside village of Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. Engineered by Daniele Di Giovanni and Max Costa. 10 songs, 32 minutes, Short & Sweet!

Over the last ten years I've made some great connections in Italy, played a lot of shows with Aldo & Giacomo, and more recently with Youssef as well. Three nicer blokes you wouldn't meet on a day's march.

Check out this making of Short & Sweet clip set to an instrumental version of Fred Buscaglione's classic Guarda Che Luna.

I'll be doing a handful of solo regional gigs in NSW in March and then some shows in Italy in April with The Magnolia Orchestra. Check dates page for more. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo


Dust has settled on elections for the board of APRA and I'm very pleased to say I've been returned as a Writer Director. Thanks to all those members who voted for me. And congratulations to Nigel Westlake who was also returned as a director and picked up an ARIA award earlier this week to boot.

Now I can get back to work on the album I started recoding in Italy in April with The Magnolia Orchestra - guitarist Aldo Betto, bass player Giacomo Da Ros & drummer Youseff Ait Bouazza - and engineers Daniele 'The Chipster' Di Giovanni & Max Costa. Should be out in February with hopefully an east coast Australian tour with The Magnolia Orchestra in March. Here's a taste of what's to come Xmas Tree.

Much to do in 2018: Buried Country shows in Tamworth, Sydney and more, a new Dead Marines album, more projects with the fabulous Dave Mason. Keep an eye on Tour Dates. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo (pic by Marco Piazza)


Have been back in Oz just over a month after five weeks OS but only feel now I've caught my breath. The week I got back we buried my dear friend and legendary drummer Robbie Souter. A wonderful gentleman of Australian music who I performed countless shows with over nearly thirty years and played on many records I produced, from Karma County's first album to my last solo album Sonofobituary. A lovely, lovely man.

Played Dark Mofo in Hobart with Buried Country in early June then flew to Darwin and on to the Barunga Festival, a fantastic experience. Next week I'll be setting up at my fave recording space, Bondi Pavilion studio 1, to continue work on the recordings I made in Italy in April with musicians Aldo Betto, Giacomo Da Ros & Youseff Ait Bouazza and engineer Daniele 'The Chipster' Di Giovanni. This one has got a lot of story, some real 'funk' in the ensemble recordings, and I hope to bring the guys out to Australia next year to tour. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo

Autumn/Prima Vera 

I'm off to Bologna mid April to play a few shows with my Italian friends Aldo Betto (guitar), Giacomo Da Ros (bass) & Youssef Ait Bouazza (drums). I met Aldo over a couple of guitars at a gig in Tuscany in 2009, and subsequently Giacomo too, and have played with them many times since. I've yet to meet Youssef but Aldo tells me he is the bomb. 

Then on to Porto Santo Stefano to record at Yellow Fridge Road studio with long time friend and former Karma County tour manager/mixer Daniele Di Giovanni. I've got a bunch of songs for a new album and can't wait to workshop them with these great artists. And maybe a little food & wine too, tutte bene!

Port Fairy Folk Festival 

I'll be playing Port Fairy Folk Festival 10-13 March in many guises - Buried Country, Karma County, THE PINKS play the blues and one show playing my solo stuff with The SOBs - drum legend Rob Souter (Hepnotics, Slim Dusty) jazz bass maestro Jonathan Zwartz & young WA guitarist Doug Nairn. There are some sideshows too in Sydney, check dates page for deets.

After Easter I'm off to record in Europe with my friends Aldo Betto on guitar, bass player Giacomo Da Ros and drummer Youseff Ait Bouazza. Aldo and Giacomo have played with me many times in Italy since 2009 and now's the time to put something down with my old friend The Chipster, Daniele Di Giovanni, at the controls at his Yellow Fridge Rd studio in Porto Santo Stefano. Molto bene! 

And a heads up for one, maybe two, special events as part of Vivid Sydney 2017. More to come next newsletter. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo